The owners before us left an assortment of things in the house and the garage, of varying quality! A lot of it went on freecycle/gumtree as we would never make use of it.
A few gems in disguise though, including a garden table and a garden bench. Both had seen much better days.
To be honest, I made the table worse by using it as a work table for a few weeks!
I started with a wire brush on the wood to get rid of all the algae sort of stuff that was on the table top. I don't know if it was the right thing to do, but it seemed to do the job. Then a sand and I was pretty much back to bare wood. I did this with a sheet of sand paper wrapped around a block of wood - this was pre mouse sander days!
The base I brushed down with a wire brush, and gave it a bit of a clean.
The base I primed with red oxide paint. I only did this because I had some in the garage, but as I was using hammerite direct to rust paint it probably wasn't necessary.
Then two coats of hammerite black paint.
The top I used teak oil, which I did three coats of using a brush.
Having lived with the table for a good few months now, I'm a little disappointed with the top. It has tired very quickly and looks like it needs of a spruce up again. That will be another job for next spring.
The bench had many similar processes.
I had to throw all the wood away as it was all rotten and one of the slats was missing. I had to saw the old bolts off as they were rusted in place. I tried spraying with WD40 in advance of undoing them, but no luck! And I prepared and painted the metal in a similar way to the table, although I skipped the red oxide primer this time.
The slats were a bit of a decision for me. Hardwood would have been ideal, but pretty expensive - I would have been looking at £50ish to replace all the slats. A bit out of my budget.
Instead I went to B&Q (I did go to the wood reclaim shop first but didn't find anything appropriate), and bought some softwood lengths that were the appropriate thickness and width. I only needed 4 lengths (which I would saw in half), but it was cheaper to buy a pack of 6 for £12. I also bought a tin of stain (opened and therefore discounted to £6) to protect the wood. I know the softwood probably won't last as long as hardwood would have done, but I'm pleased with how it's turned out.
I cut the softwood lengths in half for the slats and did two coats of stain.
I had predrilled holes in each slat too to make sure that the stain protector got in the holes too.
Some new bolts were necessary, and the job was done!